Monday, October 25, 2010

Two Year Anniversary

Wow!  Today marks Elizabeth's two year anniversary from diagnoses, what a road we have traveled.
We could never have made it this far in the "cancer" journey without all of the prayers and support we have received from our family, friends, and even strangers. 
Our lives have taken on a "sea change" several different times during the course of two years. These transformations or marked events have been ones of sadness and joy.  We have lost ones that we came to know and love.  We have seen their struggles and they have seen our struggles.  We have seen into some of the darkest times of each families life.  But, with that being said we have grown in ways that are ineffable/indescribable.  We have been tested as a family, in our faith, and in our marriage.  It has not been an easy road and one that we certainly would have never chosen on our own to participate in. But it has been one that we would never exchange because of those experiences our individual growth and the growth our family has experienced.  
We have become closer and have realized what is important in life.  What use to stress me out now is not even a minor speed bump in the road anymore.  Life is much fuller and a lot less petty.  I wish everyone could have the liberating mind set that I have from things in life that just do not matter in the big picture.  My hope, wish, and prayer is that our family never forgets these lesson as time goes on.  To go through such a life changing ordeal and lose the valubale lessons that you gained would be a terrible loss.

After tomorrow, we are down to only four hard chemo treatments and of course her daily chemo.  When we received her protocol or treatment plan for the previous 2.5 years, I  never thought we would see the light at the end of that very long tunnel.  We are so close now that not only can we see it . . .  we can smell it. February can not come soon enough.  I never thought that I would wish time to go by quickly, after all it is a wonderful gift from God, but I am so ready for her and for all of us.  Please keep her in your prays and pray for minimal side effects from the Vincristine.  Last month was a real terror for her and the pain was just incredible.  The side effects of this chemo will hit seven days from tomorrow. Please remember her on that day and bring back "Orange Tuesday".  When you where this color on Tuesday you will be remembering her and all the ones that struggle with Leukemia.

This Friday is the Mason-vs-Sycamore Game at Sycamore.  The cause is "Tackle Leukemia" and the proceeds will go to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.  The honored heros of the event are: Liz, Joel, and Leah!  Joel came in to meet Elizabeth when she was diagnosed and Liz went in to meet Leah when she was diagnose.  "Pay it Forward" as they say.  These three have a bond that others cannot understand and it is a beautiful thing to see.

Shirts are being sold through Sycamore High School.  They only ordered 400.  The Shirts are long sleeved and $12 each.   

Blessings and prayers,

1 comment:

Christine Lothrop said...

Mariana Reichert And many more to come!
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Judy Gaskill AMEN!
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Cindy Winters Veit Hugs to all of you!
Monday at 3:19pm · Like
Christina Burke Schnitzler ‎:) Celebrating with you :)
Monday at 3:26pm · Like
Shelby Gerken Marckel So Awesome, Christine...thanks for sharing and continued blessings to your family!!!
Monday at 3:28pm · Like
Michelle Hunsinger Amen!! God has blessed u and ur family. Prayers will continue.
Monday at 3:37pm · Like
Kim Meinert Swindeman Wonderful...that's all I can think of....your just an amazing you!
Monday at 3:53pm · Like
Russ Brausch sooo good! :) tell everyone i said hello and hope you are all doing well!
Monday at 4:11pm · Like
Melissa Lohman Grablovic That's right you're celebrating! Keep it coming!
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Jenna Schwenkmeyer how amazing!!!:) hugs and kisses ♥
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Gayla Schmidt Holmer Praising God.....
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Stanley Kaniecki III Woowoo!
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Vicki Aylmore Been thinking about you all over the last few days! Always in my prayers.
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Dan Reed Amazing
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Sharon Reichert Barns Yeah God!
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Connie Farris McGregor Glad to hear that she is doing so well. Also good to hear that you and "the girls" had a good time in the Big Apple.
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